Celebration of Scholarships
Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Fund for Social Science Research

Scholarship History

The family of Professor Emeritus James W. Longest established the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Fund for Social Science Research in September 1998 to support an annual memorial award and ceremony for applied and interdisciplinary dissertation research in the social sciences with potential benefits for small and/or disadvantaged communities.

Donor Statement

Dr. James W. Longest, the son of a tenant farmer, was the first in his family to attend college. After graduation from high school during World War II, he entered the Navy, passed the officer candidacy examination, and became a fighter pilot. After the war, he attended the University of Illinois where he received a B.S. and M.S. He went on to Cornell University on a fellowship, earned his Ph.D. in Rural Sociology, and served on Cornell's research faculty for ten years before coming to the University of Maryland in 1967. Dr. Longest retired and became Professor Emeritus in 1990. He continued advising graduate students until his death in November 1992.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Longest supported an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the areas of community development and the delivery of services in rural areas. He took great interest in assisting students for whom he set high professional standards. Outwardly, he was a quiet, unassuming man; however, he had a keen sense of humor, enjoyed adventure, and was known as a person who could be depended on to stand up for what he believed, no matter what the personal risk. For example, he was one of the organizing leaders of the Green Armbands, a group of faculty who were committed to staying on the campus and maintaing 24-hour communication with students during the demonstrations and protests in 1970.

This award celebrates Dr. Longest's life and his dedication to research and teaching, especially to finding resources to assist graduate students to finance their doctoral research projects.

Donor Scholars
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2009 - 2010 Scholar

2008 - 2009 Scholar

2007 - 2008 Scholar

2006 - 2007 Scholar

2002 - 2003 Scholar

2001 - 2002 Scholar

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